Gliss Riffer
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Gliss Riffer
Gliss Riffer
Dan Deacon Gliss Riffer cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 24, 2015 (2015-02-24)
ProducerDan Deacon
Dan Deacon chronology
Gliss Riffer
Singles from Glass Riffer
  1. "Feel the Lightning"
    Released: December 11, 2014
  2. "Learning to Relax"
    Released: February 11, 2015
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB[3]
Consequence of SoundA-[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media7.2/10[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]

Gliss Riffer is the fourth studio album by American electronic musician Dan Deacon. It was released on February 25, 2015, on Domino Records.


The album's title is combination of the common music term "Gliss", short for glissando, and riffer, "one who plays sick riffs". In an interview with NPR, Deacon said: "It's something that auto-correct wants to make sure that no one can actually type: I've seen 'Glass Rafter,' 'Gloss Dripper.' But I kind of like the idea of the Internet trying to change the name of my record. I feel like it really speaks to the age we live in, where there's such a homogeny of technology that you try to write something down, it instantly changes and no one even notices."[8]

While previous efforts Bromst and America utilized outside production from Chester Endersby Gwazda, Gliss Riffer marks Deacon's first production process entirely solo. [9] In an interview with Dummy Mag, Deacon states, "I love working with others, but ultimately I'm a solo artist. After several albums and projects that had large collaborative elements, I wanted to return to making something alone with the instruments I knew best." [10]


In an interview with Consequence of Sound about the album, Deacon says, "Lyrically and musically, it's me trying to relax. I wanted to make Gliss Riffer about me trying to confront my own anxieties or insecurities and the stresses in my life. In saying that, I also wanted the record to be fun. I wanted to figure out why music making is fun for me."[11]


Deacon recorded the album while on tour with Arcade Fire in 2014. Deacon created the album in green rooms and hotels, and on days off used studios to track vocals or mix. Deacon states, "When a studio couldn't be found, I dismantled a hotel bathroom, sealing the vents with towels and using all the bedding to turn it into a control room."

While creating the album, Deacon discovered a newfound appreciation for his voice after going through an extended bout of laryngitis. Deacon states, "I started thinking about how the voice is an instrument that expires, and that made me want to make an album with the voice more exposed." [12]

The album marks the debut use of Moog's analog synth, the Sub 37.[13]


The album has received a number of accolades. Consequence of Sound, Under the Radar, and Gigwise named Gliss Riffer the 15th,[14] 41st,[15] and 53rd [16] best album of 2015, respectively.

Track listing

1."Feel the Lightning"4:53
2."Sheathed Wings"4:08
3."When I Was Done Dying"4:18
4."Meme Generator"4:31
5."Mind on Fire"3:51
6."Learning to Relax"6:44
7."Take It to the Max"7:48
8."Steely Blues"7:35


See also

External links


  1. ^ "Metacritic Review". Retrieved .
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. "AllMusic Review". Retrieved .
  3. ^ McCown, Alex. "The A.V. Club Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Staples, Derek (2015-02-17). "Consequence of Sound". Retrieved .
  5. ^ Bakare, Lanre. "The Guardian Review". Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Dan Deacon Gliss Riffer". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Dolan, Jon (2015-02-24). "Rolling Stone".
  8. ^ "'You Have To Be Bored': Dan Deacon On Creativity". NPR Music. February 28, 2015. Retrieved 2016.
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  10. ^ Arthur Ivan Bravo (February 25, 2015). "Dummy Mix 246 // Dan Deacon". Dummy.
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  13. ^ Derks, Dan (March 4, 2015). "Learning to Relax". Retrieved 2016.
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